Why are whooping cough cases on the rise?


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Officials in Alabama have been watching increasing cases of whooping cough, and a doctor in Mobile is talking about why that may be happening.

So far in Mobile County, there have been at least 18 cases reported in the last month. That’s compared to just 8 cases reported for all of 2013.

Dr. Shannon Waters with Greater Mobile Urgent Care said cases of whooping cough are on the rise, in part, because some people aren’t vaccinating their children now.

She also said many people who have been vaccinated may have gotten their shots many years ago.

Dr. Waters said, “The immunity kind of wears off over time, and this is a series of vaccines that ends when you’re four years old. So, if you have not had a booster, over time your body doesn’t have that immunity circulating like it should.”

She said as you get older, you need a booster shot.

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